Certified Clinical Medical Assistant for the Experienced CMAA (Voucher Included)

Clinical medical assistants are skilled multitaskers who help to maximize the productivity of the healthcare team. To stand out in this high-demand field, you need a specialized skill set and certification. This National Healthcareer Association-certified course will train you for an entry-level position as clinical medical assistant and prepare you for the certification exam.

You will learn how medical law, ethics, and HIPAA rules factor into a clinical medical assistant's work. In addition,...

12 Months / 380 Course Hrs
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Certified Clinical Medical Assistant for the Experienced CMAA (Voucher Included)

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Course code: GES181

What you will learn

  • Specializes skills needed to contribute to a healthcare team in an ambulatory setting
  • Ethical behavior, therapeutic communication, patient privacy laws, medical terminology, and clinical procedures

How you will benefit

  • Identify the functions of the major body systems
  • Describe how to measure vital signs
  • Discuss the importance of medical and surgical asepsis
  • Summarize the basic guidelines for administration of injections
  • Explain the three methods used to perform venipuncture
  • Identify the placement of electrodes for an ECG
  • List the steps for obtaining a throat culture
  • State how to conduct physical and chemical examinations of urine
  • Recognize what constitutes a medical emergency

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 12 Months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 380 course hours
  1. Medical Terminology
    1. Introduction to Medical Terminology
    2. The Musculoskeletal System
    3. The Cardiovascular System
    4. The Lymphatic and Immune Systems
    5. The Respiratory System
    6. The Digestive System
    7. The Urinary System
    8. The Nervous System
    9. The Special Senses The Eyes and Ears
    10. The Integumentary System
    11. The Endocrine System
    12. The Reproductive System
    13. Diagnostic Procedures, Nuclear Medicine, Pharmacology
  2. Certified Clinical Medical Assistant
    1. Major Body Systems
      1. Integumentary System
      2. Musculoskeletal System
      3. Circulatory System
      4. Lymphatic System
      5. Immune System
      6. Respiratory System
      7. Digestive System
      8. Urinary System
      9. Nervous System
      10. Endocrine System
      11. Special Senses
      12. Reproductive System
    2. Pathophysiology
      1. Skin Disorders
      2. Endocrine Disorders
      3. Nervous System Disorders
      4. Digestive System Disorders
      5. Respiratory System Disorders
      6. Circulatory System Disorders
      7. Urinary System Disorders
      8. Musculoskeletal System Disorders
      9. Eye and Ear Disorders
      10. Lymphatic and Immune System Disorders
      11. Reproductive System Disorders
    3. Pharmacology
      1. Medical Uses of Drugs
      2. Drug Regulations
      3. Controlled Substances
      4. Drug Classifications
      5. Drug Actions
      6. Common Abbreviations
      7. Routes of Administration
      8. Drug Names
      9. Drug Formularies
      10. Dose Calculations
    4. Nutrition and Special Diets
      1. Importance of Nutrition
      2. Types of Nutrients
      3. Healthy Diets
      4. Therapeutic Diets
    5. The Chief Complaint and Patient History
      1. Preparing for the Patient
      2. Chief Complaint
      3. Medical History
      4. Approaching Sensitive Topics
      5. Charting
    6. Recording Vital Signs
      1. Temperature
      2. Blood Pressure
      3. Pulse
      4. Respiration
      5. Height and Weight
      6. Body Mass Index
    7. The Physical Examination
      1. Methods of Examination
      2. Examination Positions
      3. Equipment and Supplies
      4. Preparing the Patient
      5. Order of the Examination
      6. After the Examination
    8. Specialty Exams and Procedures
      1. Prenatal Examination
      2. Gynecology Examination
      3. Pediatric Examination
      4. Geriatric Examination
      5. Visual Acuity Testing
      6. Pulse Oximetry
      7. Ear Irrigation
    9. Medical Asepsis and Infection Control
      1. Medical Asepsis
      2. Microorganisms
      3. Infection Cycle
      4. Transmission-Based Precautions
      5. Bloodborne Pathogens
      6. Other Potentially-Infectious Materials
      7. Personal Protective Equipment
      8. Needlestick Injuries
      9. Standard Precautions
      10. Infection Control
    10. Surgical Asepsis and Sterilization Techniques
      1. Surgical Asepsis
      2. Methods of Sterilization
      3. Sterile Field
      4. Preoperative Procedures
    11. Surgical Instruments
      1. Cutting and Dissecting Instruments
      2. Grasping and Clamping Instruments
      3. Dilators, Scopes, and Probes
      4. Retracting and Exposing Instruments
      5. Care of Surgical Instruments
      6. Chemical Cautery
      7. Electrosurgery
      8. Cryosurgery
      9. Laser Surgery
    12. Assisting with Minor Office Surgeries
      1. Informed Consent
      2. Patient Preparation
      3. Preoperative Skin Cleansing
      4. Postoperative Instructions
      5. Wound Care
      6. Suture and Staple Removal
      7. Applying a Sterile Dressing
    13. Introduction to the Medical Laboratory
      1. Purposes of Laboratory Testing
      2. Types of Clinical Laboratories
      3. Laboratory Departments
      4. CLIA
      5. Laboratory Requisitions
      6. Laboratory Reports
      7. Urinalysis
    14. Basic Microbiology
      1. Bacteriology
      2. Mycology
      3. Parasitology
      4. Virology
      5. Immunology
    15. Introduction to Phlebotomy
      1. Composition of Blood
      2. Supplies
      3. Order of Draw
      4. Venipuncture Methods
      5. Venipuncture Sites
      6. Specimen Identification
      7. Capillary Puncture
      8. Quality Assurance
    16. Basic Hematology
      1. Red Blood Cells
      2. White Blood Cells
      3. Platelets
      4. Coagulation Studies
      5. Blood Count Tests
    17. Electrocardiogram
      1. Electrical Conduction System of the Heart
      2. Cardiac Cycle
      3. Normal Sinus Rhythm
      4. Arrhythmias
      5. 12-Lead ECG
      6. Multichannel ECG
      7. Waveform Components
      8. Common Artifacts
      9. Electrophysiology
      10. Holter monitor
      11. Automated External Defibrillator
    18. Administering Noninjectable Medications
      1. Medication Order
      2. Six Rights of Medication Safety
      3. Medication Label
      4. Administration of Oral Medications
      5. Administration of Inhaled Medications
      6. Medication Errors
    19. Basic Guidelines for Administration of Injections
      1. Intradermal Injections
      2. Subcutaneous Injections
      3. Intramuscular Injections
      4. Syringes
      5. Needles
      6. Withdrawing Medication from a Vial or Ampule
      7. Tuberculin Skin Test
    20. Diagnostic Imaging
      1. X-Rays
      2. Ultrasonography
      3. CT Scans
      4. MRI Scans
      5. Nuclear Medicine Scans
    21. Rehabilitation and Treatment Modalities
      1. Physical Therapy
      2. Occupational Therapy
      3. Speech Therapy
      4. Sports Medicine
      5. Proper Body Mechanics
      6. Care for a Falling Patient
      7. Wheelchair Safety
      8. Transfer Techniques
    22. First Aid Techniques
      1. Types of Wounds
      2. Burns
      3. Musculoskeletal Injuries
      4. Choking
      5. Syncope
      6. Poisoning
    23. Emergencies in the Medical Office
      1. Anaphylaxis
      2. Cardiac Arrest
      3. Asthma
      4. Shock
      5. Seizures
      6. Diabetic Emergencies
      7. Crash Cart

Nancy Smith has over 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry. Her clinical experience includes working as a medical assistant for a network of rural health clinics, and as a medical coder, insurance claims specialist, and medical records auditor. She worked as a medical office manager for ten years, where she recruited and trained all medical assistants. Nancy holds a bachelor's degree in vocational education and has developed and taught medical assistant programs.


This course is intended for experienced medical assistants. If you do not have previous experience in the profession, we recommend completing our Certified Medical Administrative Assistant course prior to enrolling. To be eligible to sit for the CCMA exam, you must hold a high school diploma or GED.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC, Mac, or Chromebook.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Microsoft Word (not included in enrollment).
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment. The following textbooks will be shipped to you approximately 7-10 business days after enrollment:

  • Comprehensive Medical Assisting: Administrative and Clinical Competencies
  • Medical Terminology for Health Professions

Please Note: You will receive a digital book if the physical book is on backorder.

While you'll learn everything you need to know to pass the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) national certification exam offered by National Healthcareer Association (NHA). Please check your state's Medical Board site to ensure this course meets your state's requirements to work as a Medical Assistant. Please note, this course does not qualify students to work as a Medical Assistant in Washington state.

This course includes access to our Externship Starter Kit. You can research and locate externships on your own and our kit provides a breakdown of the process used for traditional externships, but tailored for this specific course. There may be certain eligibility requirements depending on the medical practice that hosts the externship or by the State you live in and plan to work in. It is your responsibility to research these requirements before an externship begins. As part of the externship paperwork, you may be asked to pass a background check and a possible drug test.

We cannot guarantee an externship, but will do our best to help you find experience. Just like seeking real employment, a lot of the work is up to you. You are asked to review professional practices in local areas and research specific types of work in the field. Please check with the practice to confirm you have everything needed to begin an externship.

Yes, ed2go courses are completely online. However, keep in mind that not all certifying bodies or industry-specific certifications are recognized internationally. Please review your country's regulations prior to enrolling in courses that prepare for certification.

Yes. After successfully completing the course, you will be able to take the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) national certification exam offered by National Healthcareer Association (NHA). The registration fee for the exam is included with this course.

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive twelve (12) months to complete the course.

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact the student advising team to see what options you may have available to work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

The course instructor will be available by email to answer any questions and provide feedback on your performance. Occasionally, your course may be supported by a team of industry experts. You will also receive support from the student advising team.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more about financial assistance.

If you have questions that are not answered on our website, representatives are available via LIVE chat. You can also call us at 1-877-221-5151 during regular business hours to have your questions promptly answered. If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please send us a question using the "Contact Us" form.

System requirements for NHA certification exam proctoring are:

  • Operating system supported: Windows 7 and later; 32bit (x86) and 64bit (x64); macOS and later
  • Browsers supported: PSI Secure Lock-Down Browser
  • Browser settings: The browser must accept third-party cookies for the duration of the exam ONLY
  • Webcam/microphone: Minimum VGA 640 x 480 resolution, enabled built-in or external microphone
  • Bandwidth: Minimum 400 kb/s download and upload
  • Hardware requirements: 2GB RAM memory; 1 GB free disk space, minimum 1368x768 screen resolution

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